Our Happiness is God’s Happiness

My sister, Laura, came to visit us in Northern Ireland this week. One of the things she wanted to do was go to an Irish pub.  Ness and I brought her to a little pub in Belfast called Fibber McGees.

Now I have to admit, I was feeling alright after a couple pints of Guinness but I couldn’t help looking around at the other “happy” people and thinking that God must look down on his children and have a feeling of immense joy seeing them happy.

I think about the times I hear my children giggling up in their rooms being goofy and it fills my heart with joy.  I love hearing them giggle.  I love knowing my kids are happy.

I’ve spent so much of my life relating to the King God and the Sheriff God, I find it immensely gratifying getting to know the Father God.  All those attributes of God are good and true but he wants us to relate with him like Daddy God (Romans 8:15).

I’m sure God’s heart also breaks for some of those people who night after night attempt to fill the void in their life by alcohol only to wake up just as empty the next day.  As a dad, it would tear me up inside to see my kids going through that.  So there is balance of course.

I’m trying to see life more through the the eyes of our creator following the examples he’s set forward for us one of which being the father/son relationship.  Are you happy?  God wants you to be!

Here was the scene at Fibber Mcgees that night:


What’s the Big Deal About Easter?

You’re probably waking up on Easter, much as I did, to a stream of religious Facebook posts stuffed with a lot of religions mumble jumble that make people sound a bit silly.

You see, Easter is the most important event in Christianity.  Although there is no way I can cover all the cool things about Easter in this post, after flipping through my Facebook feed this morning, I felt compelled to write a short little, buzz-free, summary of why Easter is such a big deal in case you don’t get it. Continue reading


Create Space for New Experiences

I had an interesting revelation a couple of weeks ago.  As many of you know, my wife and I and our wee little ones are on a 1-year European Adventure.  We’ve been stationed on the Emerald Isle (Northern Ireland) for the last 3 months- the land void of Mountain Dew and Lucky Charms, band due to the abnormally high sugar content.  You can get these items here.  Mountain Dew is sold in candy stores and Lucky Charms in specialty shops both of which come with a hefty price tag. Continue reading

Twitter King

Define God’s Sovereignty in One Tweet

I’ve been following a podcast lately called the Reformed Pubcast.  Reformed as in they are reformed Baptists and pub as in they like beer – beer and theology.  It’s entertaining to listen to, that’s for sure.  As Reformed Baptists they are pretty hard core Calvinists which I really don’t see eye to eye with on a lot of issues.  Listening to the show has peaked my interest in theology however so that will be fun in future posts.  I never really gave it much thought before. Just end everything in an “ism” and you’ll fit right in.

At any rate they threw out a challenge the other day on Twitter: Continue reading

Seek It Like Silver Pocket Pocket Book

Seek It Like Silver by Josh Walden
Seek It Like Silver by Josh Walden

My friend, Josh Walden, created a pocket book for new believers called “Seek it Like Silver”.  Josh is an incredible guy with an awesome story.  It’s always cool to see how God uses our selfish, pre-faith life as a kind of training for what he’ll be using us for in the future.  Josh is a great example. Continue reading

My Message

What Would Jesus Tweet? Part 1: His Message

I had an amusing ponderance the other day: if Jesus’ ministry started today, would he make use of social networks like Facebook and Twitter? If so, what would he tweet about?

Most scholars attribute the first Christian tweet to Jesus in John 8. Remember the story? After questioning Jesus about the appropriate response to a woman caught in adultery, he reached down and tweeted their handles in the dirt. Continue reading